Category: F-League

Men’s Puma F-League Round 4 Review


The 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League stabilised with expected wins to Dural and East Coast over Boomerangs and North Canberra respectively showing the four-from-four Warriors a skip ahead of three-from-three Vic Vipers.

Dural Warriors 9 (Greg Giovenali 2, Jacob Basden, Chris Polkinghorne, Blake Rosier, Brendan Hoyer, Michael Kouta 2, own goal) Boomerangs 2 (Daniel Giovinazzo, Jake Wilsener)

East Coast Heat 6 (Jordan Guerreiro 2, Anthony Haddad 2, Matthew Mazevski, Chris Zeballos) North Canberra Untouchables 2 (Jason Farrell 2)

Dural break Boomerangs

A rampant Dural Warriors took care of Boomerangs FS 9-2 at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Friday night.

Dural grabbed the ascendancy in fortuitous circumstances when a Boomerangs clearance rebounded off their keeper into goal for a 1-0 Warriors lead in just the third minute, but the visitors rallied and Daniel Giovinazzo finished off a well-worked team goal to level the scores a minute later.

Dural’s response was decisive as Greg Giovenali put his side back in front before a well-weighted Blake Rosier pass for Jacob Basden to finish off into the back of the net and 15m Chris Polkinghorne bomb made it 5-1 nearing halftime.

Boomerangs hit back with a sweeping counter-attack goal from Jake Wilsener just before the break and they came out fighting in the second half with a couple of good early chances from Brad Sawyer keeping up the pressure for the first 10 minutes.

But chances to Dural duo Bruno Pivato and Wade Giovenali midway through the term swung the momentum back Dural’s way and they scored again through Rosier to blow out to 6-2 on the half-hour.

Sawyer forced a great save from Warriors glovesman Nick Starr before a late Michael Kouta double sealed the deal for Dural winning 9-2 – a 10th win in 13 F-League meetings with the Territorians (plus two draws). A 16th straight Boomerangs loss a cause of bother, and they’ve also fallen 13-straight times on the road.

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This week’s games

Galaxy FC go on a Sydney road-trip this weekend with Valentine Sports Park the scene of fixtures against Inner West Magic on Friday night (7.30pm), East Coast Heat on Saturday night (7.45pm) and Dural Warriors on Sunday afternoon (1.15pm).

Women’s Puma F-League Round 4 Review


Dural, East Coast and Vipers celebrated 2016 Women’s PUMA F-League weekend wins setting Warriors in front with four straight successes followed by Boomerangs (9) and East Coast (7), keeping in mind both Queensland teams are yet to lose a game.

Dural Warriors 4 (Sarah Yatim 3, Samantha Nagy) Boomerangs 1 (Michaela Day)

East Coast Heat 4 (Erin Clout 2, Danika Matos, Renee Tomkins) North Canberra Untouchables 0

Bayside Pirates 3 (Ilona Jakab 2, Steph Tanti) Vic Vipers 6 (Ceyda Cambaz 4, Azize Erenli, Fabiana Perfilio)

Warriors beat Boomerangs

Dural Warriors defeated Boomerangs FS 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Saturday afternoon.

It took one minute for Dural to establish control when Sarah Yatim placed the ball neatly into the bottom-left corner and she scored her second shortly after with a great strike to the right of goal to make it 2-0 in the seventh minute.

The rest of the first half bogged down into a tug-of-war between the teams with few chances going either way; but Warriors came out firing in the second term holding the majority of possession and creating more chances, a great Tess Olsen move down the line ending with a pass to the top of the semi-circle where Yatim completed her hat-trick.

The visitors received a slight reprieve when Dural’s keeper handballed as she threw the ball out of the D and Michaela Day slotted home the freekick to trail 3-1, but a loose pass outside of goal left Boomerangs keeper Jessica Giovinazzo stranded and her unfortunate handball outside the circle to stop the ball going in also earned her a red card.

Replacement keeper Kate Deakin pulled off a few great saves but couldn’t withstand an extra-player Dural and the Warriors pressure eventually paid off when Samantha Nagy scored to finalise the account at 4-1.

The result elevated Dural to a Women’s F-League record seven-straight wins (four in a row to start this season), eclipsing Parramatta Blues who had dual runs of six and five wins in 2013. The Warriors are also 11 games unbeaten to sit just one behind the mark set by Parramatta in 2013 and East Coast last year.

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This week’s games

Plenty of women’s Futsal action this week as East Coast Heat face Galaxy FC at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday evening (6pm), Boomerangs host Bayside Pirates at Tuggeranong Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday evening (6.30pm), while on Sunday morning Dural Warriors meet Galaxy at Valentine Sports Park (9am) and North Canberra play Bayside at the AIS Arena (9.30am).

Women’s Puma F-League Round 3 Review


A double Boomerangs victory over the Vics 4-3 and Bayside Pirates 6-4 drew them level with Warriors on top of the 2016 Women’s PUMA F-League, while South Brisbane nailed East Coast 7-3 to also shoot up the ladder into third – two 10-goal shootouts joint seventh-highest league total (Dural’s 11-4 demolition of Capital last year the benchmark).

The Warriors versus South Brisbane match scheduled for Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon was postponed due to the dangerous Sydney weather.

Vic Vipers 3 (Ceyda Cambaz, Doris Osman 2) Boomerangs 4 (Sabrina Spinapolice 2, Alex Martens, Tabitha Metherell)

East Coast Heat 3 (Jacqueline Anyon-Smith 2, Hannah Charak) South Brisbane 7 (Melissa Weckert, Natalie Tathem 2, Sofie Persson, Sarah Amorim 3)

Bayside Pirates 4 (Ilona Jakab, Stephanie Tanti, 2 own goals) Boomerangs 6 (Olivia Gurney 2, Natalie De Marco, Rachael Corbett 2, Alex Martens)

Dural Warriors v South Brisbane postponed

Boomerangs nip Vipers

Boomerangs edged Vic Vipers 4-3 in a thrilling contest at Victoria Futsal Centre midday on Saturday.

The Territorians exploded out of the blocks with a scintillating Sabrina Spinapolice scoring twice in the second-minute to stun the home side, but a series of missed opportunities at both ends of the court kept the score unchanged to halftime.

Vipers enjoyed the majority of possession while chasing the game but the match was seemingly put beyond reach when Alex Martens scored against the run of play to make 3-nil to Boomerangs with five minutes left to play.

Vipers called timeout and had no alternative but to go to the powerplay and pocket-rocket Doris Osman obliged, coolly slotting home quick goals in the 36th and 37th minutes only to see Boomerangs rally again and pinch another through Tabitha Metherell with the scores teetering at 4-2 three minutes from the end.

The match wasn’t over and Ceyda Cambaz slammed one home a minute later to bring the margin back to a solitary goal but Boomerangs held on for an exciting victory.

Boomerangs take Bayside

Boomerangs had to work hard for a grinding 6-4 win against Bayside Pirates at the Caroline Springs Leisure Centre on Saturday night.

The visitors crafted out a 4-2 halftime lead but couldn’t shake the newcomers in a see-sawing second-half that saw Boomerangs claim a fine two-goal victory and draw level with Dural on the points table.

The Territorians experience showed as they held out a determined Pirates crew, Olivia Gurney scoring the Boomerangs first after 46 seconds, Natalie De Marco adding a second and Rachael Corbett making it 3-0 after just five minutes of play.

Despite the scoreline Bayside settled and an attacking right-flank run from captain Liesl Woods culminated in a sizzling shot across goal and a far-post deflection off defender Kate Deakin saw it go in to drag the score back to 3-1.

It was deja-vu for the visitors as Sabrina Spinapolice also found the back of her own net to make it 3-2 – with all five goals scored by Boomerangs players and the Pirates back in the game!

However, the Boomerangs experience started to show as the Bayside foul count mounted, resulting in a long penalty dispatched by Gurney to make it 4-2 at halftime, Alex Martins extending the buffer before the Pirates responded through Ilona Jakab’s fine shot from outside the penalty area.

Neither side was giving an inch a very closely contested match but when Corbett bagged her second a 6-3 scoreline seemed out of reach for Bayside, Pirates flanker Steph Tanti landing a late goal to round out a game largely controlled by Boomerangs – a six-point Melbourne road trip pleasing coach Kristian Collins.

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This week’s games

It’s a sizzling Saturday in the women’s competition as Dural Warriors host Boomerangs at the Dural Sports & Leisure Centre (1pm), East Coast Heat meet North Canberra Untouchables at Valentine Sports Park (6pm), and Bayside Pirates face Vic Vipers in the southern derby at Caroline Springs Leisure Centre (7pm).

Men’s Puma F-League Round 3 Review


Vic Vipers joined Dural at the 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League summit with a double-victory over Boomerangs and Inner West, Magic bettering South Brisbane to claim third spot, while East Coast also beat the Queenslanders in an 18-goal marathon.

The Warriors versus South Brisbane match scheduled for Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon was postponed due to the dangerous Sydney weather.

Inner West Magic 7 (Dean Lockhart, Mark Symington, Daniel Fogarty 2, Aaron Cimitile, Jonathan Barzel, Shaun Irwin) South Brisbane 2 (James Egeta, Adam Stacey)

Vic Vipers 5 (Victor Brauner, Jason Barrientos, Adam Cooper, Alistair Dunlop, Cosimo Russo) Boomerangs 0

East Coast Heat 11 (Jamie Dib 3, Alex Vlismas 4, Chris Zeballos, Andrew Luttringer, Anthony Haddad, Daniel Fulton) South Brisbane 7 (Josh Sewell 2, Julian Edwards 2, Adam Stacey 3)

Vic Vipers 6 (Victor Brauner, Alistair Dunlop 3, Adam Cooper 2) Inner West Magic 4 (Mark Symington, Danny Martinez 2, Daniel Fogarty)

Dural Warriors v South Brisbane postponed

Vipers grip Boomerangs

Reigning premiers Vic Vipers whitewashed Boomerangs 5-zip in a workmanlike performance at Victoria Futsal Centre on Saturday afternoon

A sluggish start from both sides was broken by a Victor Brauner quarter-hour strike saw the Victorians wrestle a 1-0 halftime advantage from a tight Boomerangs defence, and Vipers slithered away with it in the second term behind goals to Adam Cooper, Jason Barrientos, Cosimo Russo and Alistair Dunlop.

The Vics now have four F-League cleansheets to their name (only Dural have more with seven), while a 15th straight Boomerangs loss has them contemplating a long, lonely winter.

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This week’s games

Just a couple of men’s fixtures with Dural Warriors playing Boomerangs at the Dural Sports & Leisure Centre on Friday night (7.30pm) and East Coast Heat against North Canberra Untouchables at Valentine Sports Park.


Women’s Puma F-League Round 2 Review


Dural Warriors maintained the rage with a third straight win to start the 2016 Women’s Puma F-League beating last year’s premiers 5-blot, while South Brisbane went 11 Queensland games unbeaten with a 3-2 thriller against North Canberra as Galaxy held Untouchables at bay 6-4 and Boomerangs stunned East Coast 2-1.

Dural Warriors 5 (Dominique Caridad, Tara Pender, Rachel Perrins, Tess Olsen, Samantha Nagy) East Coast Heat 0

South Brisbane 3 (Nicola Eagle, Mel Weckert 2) North Canberra Untouchables 2 (Alice Churchill, Erika Pennyfield)

Galaxy FC 6 (Gabrielle Marzano, Georgie Bridges 2, Jo Burgess 2, Jodie Bain) North Canberra 4 (Ashleigh Palombi 2, Rebecca Kiting, Brittany Palombi)

East Coast (Matos) 1 Boomerangs 2 (Martens, Gurney)

Boomerangs nip Heat

Boomerangs stood tall in a 2-1 defeat of East Coast Heat at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday evening.

It was Boomerangs’ first win over East Coast in three tries and consigned Heat – last year’s premiers – to a fourth NSW fixture without success.

A second Boomerangs win in their last three outings will also do plenty of good for the team’s spirit following a dismal nine-game winless run marred their 2015 intentions.

South Brisbane down North Canberra

South Brisbane edged an impressive North Canberra Untouchables 3-2 in a terrific contest at Eagles Sports Complex on Saturday morning.

It was a ripper of a start for the home team when Nicola Eagle touched in just 30 seconds after kick-off to gift South Brisbane a 1-0 lead, but the joy lasted just 10 minutes when Alice Churchill levelled for North Canberra and moments later a super Erika Pennyfield goal from a well-worked set-play lifted the visitors 2-1 in front.

But South Brisbane responded in fine fashion with Mel Weckert’s cracking 18th-minute drive sending the sides to the dressing sheds locked at two-apiece.

The Queenslanders started the second term strong and got their reward when Weckert added another for South Brisbane to push their noses in front a second time, yet they kept North Canberra in the game with a string of near-misses to put the matter to bed, holding on for a 3-2 win.

The result strengthened South Brisbane’s fortitude border control with an eighth win and three draws since their opening (and only) loss at home a dozen games ago.

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This week’s games

The action continues this Saturday when Boomerangs play Vic Vipers at Victoria Futsal Centre (12pm) before travelling cross-town to face Bayside Pirates at the Caroline Springs Leisure Centre (7pm), while in Sydney South Brisbane meet East Coast Heat on Saturday evening (6pm) and Dural Warriors on Sunday morning (9am) both games at Valentine Sports Park.

Men’s Puma F-League Round 2 Review


Dural Warriors fought hard to stop East Coast 1-0 and move to nine points from three opening Men’s Puma F-League wins, Heat responding to beat Boomerangs 6-3 while North Canberra got a lesson on it’s ‘sunshine swing’ falling to South Brisbane 5-1 and Galaxy 7-1.

Dural Warriors 1 (Vic Koutsoufis) East Coast Heat 0

South Brisbane 5 (Caleb Urlich, Dallas Dack, Julian Edwards 2, Adam Stacey) North Canberra Untouchables 1 (Brett Forward)

Galaxy FC 7 (Brett Richardson, Scott Fenn 2, Vinicius Leite, Adam Finocchiaro, Reza Behbahani, Renagi Ingram) North Canberra Untouchables 1 (Ryan Tredinnick)

East Coast Heat 6 (Chris Zeballos, Nathan Clissold, Aaron Fraser, Matt Mazevski, Anthony Haddad, Grant Lynch) Boomerangs 3 (Ben Basser-Silk 2, Daniel Giovinazzo)

Heat bend Boomerangs

East Coast Heat did it tough in a spritely come-from-behind 6-3 defeat of Boomerangs at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night.

Futsal veteran Chris Zeballos put East Coast ahead on six minutes with a deflected left-foot drive past Boomerangs keeper Nick Van Aalst before a series of missed guilt-edged chances from both sides saw halftime called with Heat 1-0 up.

Boomerangs came out firing in the second term with a Ben Basser-Silk powerdrive whistling past Mark Brackenrig in goal for East Coast, and the visitors grabbed the lead when a full-court throw caught Heat off guard and Basser-Silk half-volleyed home from close range to make it 2-1 to the Territorians.

East Coast’s youngsters then turned the game on its head with three quickfire goals on the half-hour mark, Anthony Haddad linking with Matt Mazevski who squared across goal for Aaron Fraser to turn the ball in, and less than 30 seconds later Haddad provided for Mazevski to sneak the ball under Van Aalst from a tight angle.

Heat led 5-2 within a minute when Mazevski returned the favour when he put the ball on a plate for Haddad to tap in from close range, and even the dismissal of Patrick Pace for a careless challenge couldn’t dent East Coast’s performance, Daniel Giovinazzo scoring for Boomerangs with the player advantage before Heat’s Grant Lynch turned his opponent and netted to seal his side’s first points of the season.

Galaxy tame Untouchables

Galaxy FC proved decisive in a 7-1 dusting of North Canberra Untouchables at the Eagles Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The home side dominated from the outset with consistent possession and nice build-up plays in the opposition half, North Canberra relying on the counter-attack to upset Galaxy’s plans and they kept FC keeper Reza Behbahani busy early on.

At the other end Brett Richardson and Scott Fenn goals gave Galaxy some breathing room during a high-fouling contest as the Queenslanders led 2-0 at the changeover.

Both sides launched attacks to start the second term with some scrambling defence keeping the score unchanged until Galaxy duo Vinicius Leite and Adam Finocchiaro scored to make it a cosier 4-0 before the half-hour.

The visitors bagged some hope when a surging run down the right resulted in a smart Ryan Tredinnick goal, but it was all Galaxy after that with Fenn tapping in a peachy Leite cross, glovesman Behbahani spotting an open North Canberra net as the Territorians went fifth-man, and Renagi Ingram pouncing on a loose rebound to finalise a 7-1 victory.

Galaxy have dropped just one of their past six games to show signs of considerable improvement and greater consistency.

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This week’s games

It’s a big weekend ahead starting at Valentine Sports Park on Friday night when Inner West Magic challenge South Brisbane (7.30pm). On Saturday afternoon Vic Vipers meet Boomerangs at Victoria Sports Centre (1.45pm) and East Coast Heat play South Brisbane at Valentine Sports Park that night (7.45pm), the action concluding on Sunday when Vipers front Magic at Victoria Sports Centre (12pm) and Warriors host South Brisbane (1.15pm).

Men’s Puma F-League Round 1 Review


The 2016 Men’s Puma F-League kicked off in scintillating fashion with defending premiers Vic Vipers beating title-holders East Coast 5-3 in a fiery winter opener, explosive Dural skipping past Boomerangs by double-figures and following up with a firm five-goal defeat of North Canberra, while Inner West rounded out an action-packed weekend with an entertaining 2-2 draw with Galaxy and a 5-1 win against South Brisbane.

Vic Vipers 5 (Adam Cooper 2, Victor Brauner, Jason Barrientos, Matt Vragovski) East Coast Heat 3 (Clayton Musumeci 2, Grant Lynch)

Boomerangs FS 1 (Jake Wilsener) Dural Warriors 12 (Glen Kelshaw 3, Jacob Basden 3, Daine Merrin 2, Wade Giovenali 2, Vic Koutsoufis, Greg Giovenali)

Galaxy FC 2 (Renagi Ingram, Vinicius Leite) Inner West Magic 2 (Brenno De Almeida, Andre Caro Salve)

South Brisbane 1 () Inner West Magic 5 ()

North Canberra Untouchables 3 (Aidan Brown, Raymond Moon, Victor Yanes) Dural Warriors 8 (Wade Giovenali 4, Daine Merrin, Vic Koutsoufis, Jacob Basden, Greg Giovenali)

Vipers beat Heat

2015 premiers Vic Vipers proved too good for last year’s champions East Coast Heat winning 5-3 at a fever-pitch Victoria Futsal Centre on Saturday morning.

The home side jumped out of the blocks and a mountain of possession resulted in Victor Brauner and Matt Vragovski goals for Vipers to lead 2-0 at the interval, team-mate Adam Cooper extending the lead after the restart with the first of his two goals.

The fast-paced game then spun on its head when Grant Lynch and then Clayton Musumeci (twice) spearheaded an intensifying East Coast comeback that restored parity at 3-3 with 10 minutes to play.

With the game in the balance goals to Cooper and Vics captain Jason Barrientos returned Vipers in front in the closing minutes and some experienced heads kept the Heat at bay to register a solid first-up win for Vipers and put last year’s shock semi-final loss to fourth-placed East Coast behind them.

It was the Vic’s seventh win in 11 F-League East Coast meetings, and seven of the encounters have been decided by two goals or less in what seems to be a wonderful rivalry on the build.

Warriors smash Boomerangs

Dural romped to a 12-1 defeat of Boomerangs at the AIS Arena on Saturday afternoon, the match all but over midway through with Warriors 6-0 up and Territorian player Nathan Megic red-carded.

Glen Kelshaw and Jacob Basden both netted hat-tricks for the triumphant visitors, Daine Merrin and Wade Giovenali contributing a brace each, while Jake Wilsener scored for a resilient Boomerangs who unfortunately set a new league-low 13 matches without a win to surpass the Bayside Pirates 2015 struggle.

Dural have now won 10 and drawn two of 13 fixtures between the clubs and an equal seventh-highest winning-margin of 11 goals was also the biggest Boomerangs loss since a 12-1 surrender to Inner City back in 2011.

On the plus-side a young Boomerangs outfit showed great character in defending resolutely for long periods and should only get better as the season rolls on. Continue reading “Men’s Puma F-League Round 1 Review”

Women’s Puma F-League Round 1 Review


Dural got off to a flyer with a double-victory in the ACT to slightly better East Coast’s win and draw from a successful Victorian hit-and-run to start the Women’s 2016 Puma F-League in gangbuster style.

Boomerangs FS 2 (Rachael Corbett, Michaela Day) Dural Warriors 5 (Rachel Perrins 2, Sarah Yatim 2, Demelza Howard)

Vic Vipers 1 (Ceyda Cambaz) East Coast Heat 1 (Erin Clout)

North Canberra Untouchables 2 (Jennifer Bisset, Ashleigh Palombi) Dural Warriors 4 (Dominique Caridad, Samantha Nagy, Bianca Dobson, Sarah Yatim)

Bayside Pirates 2 () East Coast Heat 3 ()

Dural zip Boomerangs

Dural Warriors held off Boomerangs 5-2 to win the 2016 series opener at the AIS Arena on Saturday morning and claim a third straight victory against their Territorian counterparts..

A nervous start from both sides dissipated when Boomerangs ace Michaela Day’s mesmerising solo run was finished off with a cracker of a shot that punched the home team ahead, but this only sprang the defending champions into action and a Rachel Perrins equaliser was followed up by Sarah Yatim and Demelza Howard goals to give Warriors a handy 3-1 halftime break.

Boomerangs came out with renewed enthusiasm in the second half and halved the deficit when Rachael Corbett scored, but Dural had all the answers as Perrins and Yatim netted their second goals to propel Warriors to a 5-2 win.

Boomerangs coach Kristian Collins noted the clinical finishing nature of the Sydneysiders and their capacity to convert hard work into goals as the main difference between the teams, although it must be said that the Territorians fielded four teenage debutants grabbing valuable court time in a testing season-opener. Continue reading “Women’s Puma F-League Round 1 Review”

Dural Warriors crowned Women’s F-League Champs


Dural Warriors beat South Brisbane 2-1 in a nailbiting 2015 Women’s F-League final at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday morning.

South Brisbane’s Kate Orkild cancelled out Tess Olsen’s opener for Dural with Rachel Perrins scoring the winning Warriors goal midway through the second term.

The Queenslanders started well and Natalie Tathem pilfered the ball from a Warriors defender in the opening minute only for her quick snap at goal to miss the upright by inches, while Dural’s Dominique Caridad tested Brisbane keeper Jessica McLean from distance. Continue reading “Dural Warriors crowned Women’s F-League Champs”

East Coast crowned F-League Men’s Champions


East Coast Heat came from a goal down to defeat Dural Warriors 3-2 in a classic 2015 Mens F-League final at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon.

Dural got a dream start through Brendan Hoyer’s sizzling strike but East Coast returned fire with Chris Zeballos, Clayton Musumeci and Grant Lynch all finding the backing of the net before Greg Giovenali’s late strike made the last five minutes riveting, Heat hanging on for a brilliant 3-2 win.

It was feelers early on as both sides probed and a delicious Greg Giovenali ball up-court freed up Dural team-mate Chris Polkinghorne at the top of the D but he couldn’t guide it past an advancing Peter Spathis in goal for East Coast; Hoyer could however after he superbly latched onto a Glen Kelshaw cross to hand Warriors a 1-0 fifth-minute lead. Continue reading “East Coast crowned F-League Men’s Champions”